Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers use big big data to prevent common infections

OhioHealth and IBM today announced a collaboration to aid in the prevention of infections using a first-of-a-kind network of wireless sensors and real-time Big Data analytics that measure hand-washing practices. OhioHealth ...

Addiction

Smoking cessation drug proves initially more effective for women

The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a Yale School of Medicine study.The study, published Oct. 7 by the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, found that ...

Health

Why medical debt – and bankruptcy – are growing problems

Burdensomely high medical costs are often blamed for pushing many Americans into bankruptcy. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau some 43 million Americans have unpaid medical debt on their credit reports.

Other

Judge upholds most of award in flesh-eating case

(AP) -- A federal judge has upheld most of an $8.5 million judgment awarded to a woman who lost use of her arm due to flesh-eating bacteria misdiagnosed by an Air Force base doctor.

Diabetes

Food assistance may help older adults adhere to diabetes meds

(HealthDay)—Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may reduce the number of low-income older adults with diabetes forgoing medications because of cost, according to a study published online ...

Oncology & Cancer

Cancer survivors spend more on health care

Approximately 12 million people in the United States are cancer survivors. On average, their medical care costs $4,000 to $5,000 more annually than the care of people who have never had cancer, according to Penn State researchers.

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